As the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, Catholic Charities provides critical support to devastated communities, bringing immediate and long-term aid to rebuild lives and restore hope.
Hurricane Ida was the most devastating storm to make landfall in Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In the storm’s immediate aftermath in August 2021, CCUSA’s Disaster Response Team coordinated the efforts of network agencies on the ground.
The storm left a trail of devastation from the Gulf Coast to New York, taking more than 90 lives and causing billions of dollars in property damage. Agency staff provided immediate relief (food, water and other basic needs) and ongoing financial assistance and case management. More than anything, they provided hope.
Teams of Catholic Charities disaster case managers — from Sioux City, Brooklyn-Queens, and Central and Northern Missouri — provided much-needed relief for local caseworkers.